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Initial sketch for watercolor encaustic painting.

"Opera Plaza at 5:00


 I created this drawing while thinking  about basis for a painting using my experimental watercolor encaustic method. 

As I am working on my encaustic experiments and getting closer to my next test painting I have been trying to imagine in my mind's eye how I want to render it.   At the same time I have been reading about the birth of Impressionism and the styles of the "Realists" who formed the backbone of the group.  The reason they were called "Realists" was because they were painting from life.  Rather than tell stories about some mythical by-gone past, or compose snapshot looking images of various models painted in clothes from the past, the Realists painted what they saw in everyday life.  


Painting what they saw in the world as it happened was the basis for calling themselves realists.  Their painting styles were anything but realistic.  They, flattened the pictures plane, used splotchy brushwork and intentionally left out a lot of details.  It was only their subject matter that was realistic.


Watercolor is not oil or acrylic paint.  It is very easy to get fine details with it (especially if you use a top end sable brush).  I want to flatten detail along the lines of how the impressionists painted.  To that end I bought a packet of 12 brushes at the hardware store that costs a whopping $5.00.  One of my fine sable brushes cost $60.  You can imagine the difference in quality.  Yet, what I want to do with watercolor calls for a loose handling, stiff bristle brush.  


Cornelia Street Cafe Drawing Process

The well-used box of drawing tools.

Another quick sketch of people in converstation6.  Details to be filled in later.

These are the first sketches I made when creating the drawings for the Cornelia Street Cafe series.  People frequenting the cafe would come and go quickly and I had to make a quick sketch before they were gone.  I filled in the background of the cafe scene after they had left.

Drawing Process